In October 2010 I completed a project investigating media law for small or individual online publishers based in the UK. I called it ‘Keeping It Legal Without the Night Lawyer’.
Some of the findings are included in this paper for Cultural Policy, Criticism and Management Research journal:
Here are the main online elements:
Survey: Media law for online publishers
- Introduction: ‘Online publishing & media law: a short questionnaire’
- Promotion & links: ‘Last day to fill in the survey’
- Results: ‘Online law survey: mixed feelings about resources; 27% encountered legal trouble in last two years’
- Follow-up: ‘Legal dilemmas in the digital newsroom’
Help Me Investigate group
- ‘What are the legal risks for online publishers and bloggers in the UK?’ I formed this group on the Help Me Investigate site to track my progress with the project and to provide a space to continue the discussion, once it is over. The Help Me Investigate site is currently in beta, but anyone can request an invitation to join.
- WhatDoTheyKnow.com: My Freedom of Information requests made to the Ministry of Justice
- News: Digital courts: ‘You Be the Judge’ online feature cost £56k; plans for reporting restrictions database shelved
Event / news / comment
- Liveblogging: Online News Association / Index on Censorship event
- Report & comment: ‘Are England’s libel laws relevant in an age of blogging?’
- Comment & debate on the Online Journalism Blog: ‘Time to talk about legal’
- Part I, with Jon Slattery, journalist and blogger; and Adam Westbrook, journalist and multimedia trainer
- Part II, with Connie St Louis, broadcaster and head of Science Journalism MA at City University London; and Richard Wilson, blogger and author.
- Part III, with Robert Dougans, solicitor, Bryan Cave LLP
Event: Reframing Libel
- Multimedia package created for forthcoming event at City University London. Site: http://reframinglibel.com / Twitter: @reframinglibel
- Introduction: ‘A new libel reform symposium chaired by Lord Lester’
Some useful links